Scopo Divino looks like an old-timey living room, and one where you wouldn’t be out of place smoking a cigar while thinking deep thoughts about taxidermy. There isn’t actually any taxidermy here, but rather cushy upholstered armchairs, ornate tin ceiling tiles, and world maps all over. We gravitate to this cozy Lower Pacific Heights wine bar whenever we want to drink some French and Italian wine—available by the glass, flight, or bottle—crack into some vanilla crème brûlée, and listen to live jazz with someone we like. If you get hungry for an actual meal, they have solid food options, like a double patty smashburger with curly fries, and duck sliders sweetened with a swath of orange marmalade. Though you can come here for a full dinner or bottomless brunch on weekends, we like to use this spot on a date as a first or last stop, or for lowkey nights out with friends.
This burger is stacked high with lettuce, tomato, onion, and two smash patties with caramelized edges. It’s not the most revolutionary burger you’ll ever have, but it always gets the job done.
The crispy duck cracklings are balanced with slightly sweet orange marmalade. The buns are a tad dry, but somehow we don’t mind. This is still a great shareable starter (two per order).
Bourbon Vanilla Crème Brûlée
Whether we’re here sipping on some cab franc and listening to music, or are in the neighborhood on the hunt for a post-dinner treat, the creamy, sugary dessert never disappoints.